UQ and the United States of America

Collaborating to change the world

UQ has strong ties with the USA, including strategic partnerships with Emory University and Washington University in St Louis, and academic links with Harvard and Stanford. And, with Boeing, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Dow Chemical Company backing key UQ projects, this partnership is creating change for an increasingly connected global community.

Fast facts


US students enrolled at UQ


USA-UQ co-publications


academic staff born in the USA


research project collaborations


alumni in the USA


agreements with 38 official partners

Fast facts show full year 2021 data. 



The USA is ranked 1st in the countries that co-publish with UQ. Researchers from the USA and UQ have partnered on 8103 co-publications in the past 5 years, with key areas including Ecology, Environmental Sciences, and Neurosciences. UQ's top co-publishing partners include Harvard University, Ochsner Health System, and Stanford University. 

Research collaborations

UQ has more research collaborations with the USA than with any other country. In the past 5 years, UQ has collaborated with 191 US institutions on 304 research projects, covering topics such as hypersonic flight, vaccine development, and climate strategy and clean tech. Key collaborators include the University of California, Harvard University, and Emory University.

Research funding

US organisations, including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, and Caterpillar Inc, have contributed A$112,753,633 million towards 409 research projects in the past 5 years. Projects investigate a range of topics including protecting coral reefs and ecosystems, treating prostate and breast cancers, preventing sewer corrosion, applying science to sustainably improve popular fruits like apples, cherries and strawberries, and eliminating malaria.

Collaboration in action

Real-time satellite system to monitor global reef bleaching

In a world first, a satellite-based global coral reef bleaching monitoring system will scan the Earth’s oceans for coral-killing bleaching events in real-time. The Allen Coral Atlas, named for the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen, is funded by Vulcan Inc. and directed by Arizona State University, was developed through a unique partnership between UQ, Arizona State University, National Geographic Society, Planet, and Vulcan. The Allen Coral Atlas project uses unprecedented detailed habitat maps of all global coral reefs – over 230,000 of them – to detect reef bleaching anywhere in the world.

Partnership ignites new medical R&D Lab

A specialised medical research facility that will transform ground-breaking research into new medical equipment and technology is coming to the Herston Health Precinct. US-founded global medical technology group Stryker will establish its first Australian research and development facility in Queensland, thanks to support from the Queensland Government, UQ and Queensland University of Technology. UQ will collaborate with Stryker across a range of areas, including the development of new bio-materials, orthopaedics, infection control, stem cell technologies, wound healing, medical imaging, digital health and tissue growth.

Who wants an animal-free burger?

For the first time, UQ’s top academics in food oral processing and sensory evaluation and US animal-free ingredient development company, Motif FoodWorks, have partnered to improve texture in plant-based food. UQ Adjunct A/Professor Stefan Baier, and now Motif’s food science lead, heads this three-year venture to understand how people experience the texture of meat and how to replicate that experience using non-animal ingredients. UQ School of Chemical Engineering Professor Jason Stokes, said that the aim of the collaboration is to apply in vitro oral processing in the category of meat analogues – meaning if you focus on the physics of texture in a person’s mouth, rather than the subjective opinion, you get a more universal ‘read’ of what makes food enjoyable to eat.

UQ-QIMR Berghofer-Emory University medical Alliance

The Queensland Emory Development Alliance (QED) is a biomedical research and development partnership between UQ, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Emory to collaborate on new drugs and vaccines for preventing and treating cancer, neurological, and infectious diseases. More than US$1 million has been invested in the collaborative project by the three partner institutions. The Alliance, initiated in 2012 and extending through 2022, builds on existing and new relationships between the three institutions to generate a pipeline of synergistic, exciting new commercial opportunities from small molecules to biologics.

Recycled technology flies to space

From Australia’s new Spaceport in Far North Queensland, UQ designed ‘Spartan’ – Scramjet Powered Accelerator for Reusable Technology Advancement – takes off and launches a small satellite into orbit 450kms above the earth. It gets up to hypersonic speed – and here things change – instead of dropping its boosters into the sea (standard practice) they transform into light aircraft, return to its launch site and land – to use again. This is all possible thanks to Chair of Hypersonic Propulsion Professor Michael Smart’s (pictured) research and his international collaboration with Boeing, US Air Force Research Laboratory, and his part in the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program. In the future, hypersonic flight could revolutionise global air and space travel.

Helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds

UQ Critical Thinking Project (UQCTP) professional development network has extended across the Pacific. Thanks to a partnership with the Queensland’s IMPACT Centre and North American universities University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), Pepperdine University, and Simon Fraser University, new nodes of the network have been established in Los Angeles and Vancouver.  In 2021, UQCTP launched a collaboration with UCLA and Pepperdine University – the Pacific Partnership in Critical Thinking. As part of it, they have rolled out a new series of online professional learning modules for teachers (46 teachers attended the 2021 pilot), and assisted UCLA with the design of an AP course in Philosophy and the delivery of a Summer Institute in Critical Thinking.

Student mobility

Student exchange

UQ has student exchange agreements with over 30 universities in the USA. The most popular institutions for exchange include the University of South Carolina,  the University of California system, the University of Wisconsin-Madison,  and Purdue University. It is the 2nd most popular country for outbound exchange, narrowly behind the United Kingdom.

Medicine links

UQ and Ochsner Health (OH) work together to train future doctors. Our unique model enables US citizens and permanent residents to train across two continents, leveraging the strengths and resources of two world class institutions to produce graduates who are critical scientific thinkers, socially accountable, and driven to be global leaders in health care. Clinical preparation training is completed in Brisbane, Australia in years one and two of the program, followed by hands on clinical practice at the Ochsner Clinical School in Louisiana in years three and four.

Washington University in St Louis joint program

Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) is one of UQ's most highly engaged partners in the United States. UQ has a formal alliance with the law school at WUSTL, allowing American students to earn a Master of Laws from UQ, and Australian students to earn a Juris Doctor from Washington University.

American Australian Association fellowship

The UQ-American Australian Association fellowship provides two AU$40,000 fellowships annually for American citizens to study and conduct research at UQ for a year, and for a UQ student or alumnus to study or conduct research in the USA.


The USA is home to UQ’s largest alumni network outside Australia - UQ has 12,392 alumni living in the USA. Alumni with significant links to the USA include:

Co-founder & Advisor Tend Health; former founding CEO, ImmunExpress and Corporate Advisor - COVID-19 Serology, Burnet Institute (Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) 1979, PhD 1987)
In 2018, Dr Liveris and his wife Paula gave a historic $13.5 million to UQ to establish the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Innovation and Leadership; former CEO & Chairman of Dow Chemical Company (Bachelor of Engineering 1975; Doctor of Science 2005)
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of a franchise restaurant empire including Applebee’s and Taco Bell (Master of Literary Studies 1987)
Chief Operating Officer, TikTok, globally (Bachelor of Arts Hons 2000)
Chief Financial Officer at HP IT Services and IT Consulting (Bachelor of Arts 1987, Bachelor of Economics 1988)
Internationally renowned cardiologist (Bachelor of Veterinary Science 1970, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 1975, Doctor of Medicine 1995, Doctor of Science Honoris Causa 2013)
Author (Bachelor of Arts 1966, Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa 2003)
Author, and legal analyst (Master of Literary Studies 1985)
Chairman of the Board Eularis (Artifiical Intelligence)/Founder/CEO (Bachelor of Speech Therapy 1987)
Director, Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health, United Nations (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery 1989, Graduate Certificate in Applied Law 2000)
Scientific Director and Advisor to the Chair, Genetics, Yale School of Medicine (Bachelor of Science Hons 2006, PhD 2011)
SVP and CFO of Renewables Division, ContourGlobal (Bachelor of Science 2005, Bachelor of Economics 2007)
Four time Emmy Award-winning production designer and art director (Bachelor of Design Studies 1997)
Journalist and anchor for CNN International (Bachelor of Arts 1988)
University Chancellor, Indiana University (Bachelor of Arts 1975, Honorary Doctorate 2007)
Chancellor, the University of California San Francisco (Bachelor of Medicine 1975, Honorary Doctorate of Medicine 2012)